Best Trails and Day Hikes in Boulder, Colorado

As the weather starts to look like spring, hiking enthusiasts are getting ready to hit the trails. There is no better place to pick up a hiking habit than Boulder, Colorado, which sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains and is famous for its world-class athletes. Thankfully, you do not need to be a professional athlete to enjoy the countless outdoor parks and paths that Boulder County has to offer. Here are some of the most popular trails and day hikes for all skill levels in Boulder.

South Boulder Creek Trail - 6.6 miles, rated easy

The South Boulder Creek Trail runs along the river through East Boulder Community Park. This is a great trail for dogs on a leash, year-round hiking, and several activity options. Ride your bike, run, or just enjoy an evening stroll on this scenic trail.

Chautauqua, Bluebell Baird and Meadow Trail Loop - 1.6 miles, rated moderate

This loop through Chautauqua Park is a beautiful trail for hiking, running, and walking your dog. This is a quick hike that is open all year and has great views. Since it connects to several other trails, the path does get crowded during peak hours. Plan wisely!

Green Mountain Loop - 6 miles, rated hard

The Green Mountain Loop via Chautauqua is a very rewarding hike on a clear day. Most of the path is in the trees and offers a great opportunity to spot wildlife. The trees eventually give way to sweeping views of the mountain range at the top. This day hike takes at least 4 hours to complete and dogs are not allowed on the trail.

Mount Sanitas Trail Loop - 5 miles, rated difficult

For a view that is worth the sweat, try the Mount Sanitas Trail Loop. The ascent is pretty steep, but the views at the top are certainly worth the effort. During the warmer months, there are even quite a few wildflowers along the path to admire when you stop to catch your breath. This trail gets very busy on the weekends and does not allow dogs.

Bear Peak via NCAR - 6.2 miles, rated difficult

Make sure you have good hiking shoes for this one! The incline to summit Bear Peak is quite steep and the trail can get pretty busy. If you are trying to get ready to climb a 14er, this is a great trail for training. Bear Peak allows dogs on the trail and has spectacular views at the top.

When planning your next hike, try to go early if you want to beat the crowds, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Enjoy all-year access to Boulder County’s day hike destinations at the Habitat Apartments, located in Gunbarrel, Colorado. We offer pet-friendly amenities and community features for active lifestyles. Contact us today to learn more.

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